Root Canal Therapy

What is a Root Canal?

Root Canal therapy is a dental procedure that relieves pain that could be caused by an infection or abscessed tooth or teeth.

What are the stages of the Root Canal treatment?

With a root canal, you have the option to keep your tooth intact. During the procedure, the Endodontist or General dentist makes an opening into the tooth and then uses small instruments to remove the pulp and clean out the infection. Once all of the infection has been removed, the surfaces inside the tooth are then cleaned and disinfected, your dentist will then fill and seal the roots and place a permanent filling in the small opening.

Will I need a crown following a root canal treatment?

In many cases, you may need to have a crown following a root canal. This may be a good option if the enamel was damaged or if the tooth had a large filling. With time, a tooth that had a root canal can become brittle. That’s why crowns are usually recommended for posterior teeth (due to grinding and chewing). A crown is a covering that’s specifically moulded to your tooth. Your dentist will file part of your existing tooth and then permanently fit the crown over the tooth. A dental crown can be made to match the colour of your surrounding teeth so that it’s not noticeable.

If your doctor determines that you don’t need a crown, you may be able to use tooth bleaching to treat any discoloration to the affected tooth. This is usually seen on anterior teeth only. Alternatively, your dentist may recommend covering the tooth with a porcelain veneer. Talk to your dentist about the different aesthetic treatments options available to you.

We realise that sometimes hearing the phrase “Root Canal” comes with some phobias of the treatment, or perhaps the fear of it being painful, we have several pain management steps in place including sedation as an option if a patient is particularly nervous about the treatment, this will be discussed during your consultation, after which you will receive a comprehensive treatment plan afterwards.

Our specialist Endodontists are on hand for any particularly complex Root Canal Therapy needed so rest assured that with Olive Tree Dental you are in safe hands.

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